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Alan Robert’s The Beauty of Horror Tarot Card Set has 12 Hours to Fund on Kickstarter

The Beauty of Horror Tarot Card

IDW and Alan Robert are expanding the bestselling line of coloring books, The Beauty of Horror, with a devilishly delightful Tarot Card Set — available to order right now as part of a Kickstarter campaign! The campaign has just 12 hours to go to reach its funding goal.

This first-ever Beauty of Horror Kickstarter gives fans of coloring books, mystical predictions, and macabre monsters the opportunity to acquire the Tarot Card Set as either a fully-colored card deck or a black-and-white deck perfect for coloring! And, of course, there’s also the option for the most dedicated devotee of divination to get both sets — because why should you have to choose?

The Beauty of Horror Tarot Card
  • The “Fear Your Future” Deck is a traditional tarot set featuring art by Alan Robert and pre-colored by Jay Fotos, measuring the standard tarot card size of 70mm x 120mm and including a guidebook.
  • The “Color Your Destiny” Deck follows the Beauty of Horror adult coloring book tradition by offering tarot cards, printed on premium cardstock paper, with line art by Alan Robert. Oversized for best illustrative results, these cards measure 90mm x 154mm and come packaged with a guidebook.
The Beauty of Horror Tarot Card Set

Inspired by the classic Rider-Waite tarot deck published in 1910, Alan Robert has fashioned the Beauty of Horror Tarot Card Set with 78 cards per deck, with 22 Major Arcana cards (featuring such classic cards as The Magician, The Lovers, The Hanged Man, and more, plus a special appearance of Beauty of Horror icon Ghouliana as The Empress) and 56 Minor Arcana cards.

Supporters of this crowdfunding campaign will receive several free “Ghouliana’s Ghastly Gifts” as a reward, many of which will be exclusive through Kickstarter! In addition to these special gifts with purchase, fans will have an opportunity to upgrade their experience with a Beauty of Horror themed tarot cloth as well as a “Draw Your Own Terror” deck. 

We’ve also been provided exclusive commentary from Robert about Beauty of Horror and its terrifying influences.

Q: Where do all of these fantastic gory images originate from? Do you picture these images in your dreams (or nightmares)?

Alan Robert: I think I’ve always had a bit of a twisted sensibility… it’s in my DNA, and I have definitely had some vivid and extremely graphic dreams in my life that have influenced my art over the years. I can think back to my high school days of drawing horrific monsters in my notebook sitting inside the school cafeteria. My friends would hover around me to see what gory scene I’d draw up next… Man, I’ve been into horror for as long as I can remember. I’m also a product of all the 80s horror flicks… which certainly didn’t help the situation! My favorites back then were A Nightmare on Elm Street and Hellraiser, Evil Dead, The Thing, Chainsaw Massacre, and all the zombie Living Dead movies. Later on, I got into the more psychological horror like The Shining and Jacobs Ladder.  But, the one movie that really got me into horror… the one movie that made the biggest impact on me was The Amityville Horror

I begged my parents to watch that movie when it came on HBO for the first time in the 80s, but I had never seen an R-rated movie at that early age. It came on and I literally lasted about 30 seconds. The opening title credits with the haunting chants scared the pants off of me and I ran back to my room to hide under the covers. The thing that scarred me the worst was that I was forced to listen to the entire movie through the thin walls of our Brooklyn home! I think my imagination went wild and proved to be WAY scarier than the actual movie. I STILL remember how scared I was that night. I think that one event triggered my entire fascination with horror.

Q: When you were little, what were you afraid of?

AR: Living in a rough part of Brooklyn in the 70s and early 80s, I think I was probably most afraid of getting robbed or beaten up by street gangs in the neighborhood. A bunch of my friends had been jumped by that point, waiting for the bus, and my bike had been stolen from my backyard shed, so I remember feeling pretty scared about that… especially riding the subway to school.

Q: Can you share a quick story about Halloween in your own life? Is there a page in your newest book (The Beauty of Horror: Tricks and Treats) that reminds you of that?

AR: I can remember a few times as a kid, watching a horror movie in my room and seeing something strange out of the corner of my eye, as if I was being watched. Sometimes it turned out just to be my own reflection in my pet lizard’s tank. But there was this one night around Halloween… I was like 16 or so, where I was in bed, getting ready to doze off and I felt a finger touch my nose. I immediately jumped out of bed and turned all the lights on. I tore the place apart looking for someone hiding in my closet or the bathroom. I was absolutely convinced that someone was there and was messing with me. But once I came to the realization that I was alone, I got really scared. Was it a ghost that was trying to connect with me? It makes me wonder what really happened that night. Everyone knows the feeling of a touch… this was not the feeling of a blanket or a pillow that accidentally touched my face… it felt like a finger! 

There is a page in The Beauty of Horror “Tricks and Treats” coloring book where Ghouliana is seen grabbing a doll out of the hands of an unhappy girl through the reflection in a mirror. This ghostly connection of an evil spirit reaching through a mirror into the human world kind of reminds me of that night.

Dungeons & Dragons: Baldur’s Gate 100-Pager Preview

Dungeons & Dragons: Baldur’s Gate 100-Pager

(W) Jim Zub (A) Various (A/CA) Max Dunbar
In Shops: Nov 06, 2019
SRP: $5.99

Join Minsc, Delina, Krydle, Shandie, and Boo the Miniature Giant Space Hamster on their original adventures in this oversized, value-priced, introductory issue! Dungeons & Dragons is more popular than ever-now is the perfect time to join the fun, and this is the perfect place to start!

Dungeons & Dragons: Baldur's Gate 100-Pager

Visit Strange New Worlds with Star Trek Adventures from Modiphius

Star Trek Adventures Strange New Worlds

Modiphius Entertainment has announced more information about the upcoming Star Trek Adventures roleplaying game supplement releases, as well as news of its development team. 

The second compendium of missions Strange New Worlds is available online from the 24th of October 2019, and hitting friendly local game store shelves in November 2019. This adventure supplement contains nine missions exploring the strangest and most challenging missions on dangerous planets and weird environments. Strange New Worlds follows on from the huge success of the first adventure compendium These Are the Voyages, and provides fans with missions from the Enterprise, Original Series, and Next Generation eras. Some incredible writing talent was recruited, from well-known Star Trek fiction writers such as Christopher L. Bennett (The Captain’s Oath, Greater Than the Sum), to roleplaying game luminaries like Jason Bulmahn (Pathfinder 2nd Edition).

Star Trek Adventures Strange New Worlds

In early 2020, Modiphius will complete their series of supplements covering each quadrant of the Galaxy, with the Gamma Quadrant Sourcebook and Delta Quadrant Sourcebook.

In January, the Gamma Quadrant Sourcebook provides a wealth of detail about the Gamma Quadrant and many of the species found within, with a major focus on the Dominion and its allies. The book also details the brutal Dominion War, and brings the Star Trek Adventures timeline up to 2375. Gamemasters and players will find a wealth of information in the book, including guidance on how to add non-Starfleet player characters and non-Federation species to your adventures and campaigns, along with a selection of starships and NPCs to enhance your games.

In March, the Delta Quadrant Sourcebook delves into the unexplored reaches of the Delta Quadrant and details many of the species and worlds discovered by the U.S.S. Voyager on her historic journey home, especially the implacable Borg Collective! This book brings the Star Trek Adventures timeline up to 2379 and provides players and gamemasters with information on locations, species, starships, and NPCs in the Delta Quadrant, for use in their continuing missions. 

In addition to those major print releases, there are several PDF-only releases coming soon, including the Star Trek: Voyager crew player characters, the Star Trek: Enterprise crew player characters, and a selection of Iconic Villains character sheets to supplement the miniatures in the Star Trek Adventures: Iconic Villains miniatures set, as well as several more standalone adventure releases in PDF. All of these PDFs will be available to buy from Modiphius.net and DriveThruRPG.com.

Modiphius also announced Jim Johnson, long-time Star Trek Adventures line editor and contributing writer, as the Star Trek Adventures game line developer, who will lead the development of the game’s products, bringing with him the experience he has of editing most of the products in the game line along with years of authoring stories for the brand, including Shards and Shadows and Strange New Worlds VII, 9 and 10, as well as being a key contributor to the Star Trek Adventures core rulebook,The Command Division Sourcebook, These are the Voyages, and curating living campaign PDF adventure modules as well as the line of PDF standalone adventures.

Star Trek Adventures Strange New Worlds
Star Trek Adventures Strange New Worlds
Star Trek Adventures Strange New Worlds

White Wizard Games Announces KAPOW! A Buildable Dice Superhero Game

KAPOW!

White Wizard Games will now sell and distribute KAPOW! worldwide. The game will launch through White Wizard in 2020 with a reprint and expanding the game universe with more superheroes via a partnership with 2 Ton Porcupine. The game was designed by Doug Hettrick, Carl Hettrick, and Larry Bogucki and was initially launched via a successful Kickstarter.

KAPOW! uses buildable dice, allowing you to add and remove dice faces during the course of a battle. This makes for a super-strategic dice-battling experience.

KAPOW! uses buildable dice, allowing you to add and remove dice faces during the course of a battle. This makes for a super-strategic dice-battling experience. With each roll, you decide how to attack, defend, and power up your character by choosing where to place your dice. The battles get more explosive with each roll and as you gain more dice and dice faces. KAPOW! is simple to learn (roll and place), but has layers of strategy as you customize your dice pool and leverage the unique powers of the KAPOW! universe’s heroes and villains.

KAPOW! is a 2-player game that can be expanded to 3 or 4 players.

Classic RPGs ‘Baldur’s Gate I & II,’ ‘Planescape: Torment’ & ‘Icewind Dale’ Out Now on Consoles

Skybound Games and Beamdog have announced that enhanced editions of several classic Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing videogames – including Baldur’s Gate, the Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear expansion, Baldur’s Gate IIPlanescape: Torment, and Icewind Dale – are now available on modern consoles for the very first time. Available globally, these boxed versions can be purchased at major retailers for $49.99 each on the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch:

Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition Pack: Celebrating the series’ 20th anniversary, the original Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition and its sequel, Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition, return with all DLC and restored quest content, as well as the Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear expansion, featuring new original content developed by Beamdog to bridge the two games.

Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition / Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition: Two must-play games and all their DLC in one package – the chilling Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition, plus its expansions, and the enhanced edition of 1999’s RPG of the Year, Planescape: Torment.

These titles are also now available for digital download on the PlayStation Store, Microsoft Xbox One Store, and Nintendo eShop.  

Tailored for a natural gameplay experience on consoles, these enhanced editions give longtime fans and newcomers alike the opportunity to play these critically acclaimed adventures from a golden age of RPGs in a whole new way. Beamdog has upgraded each title with support for high-resolution widescreen displays, controls optimized for console controllers, new content, new characters and classes, expanded character creation options, redesigns of the UI and UX, bug fixes, balance changes and more.

Skybound Games and Beamdog will also release fellow all-time classic RPG Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition on consoles on Dec. 3, 2019. Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition is available to pre-order now at major retailers and the Skybound Shop.

Starcadia Quest #2 Preview

Starcadia Quest #2

James Roberts (w) • Aurelio Mazzara (a & c)

Starkid, a delivery-boy-turned-spaceship-captain, and his crew of a gamer barista and a, well, criminal, are off on their first adventure! They have to get to Teklawn and run a secret mission, because if they don’t, they’ll never be Freelance Adventurers. The only thing that could send them off-course is… a well-placed holo-ad?! The action-packed and hilarious QWST continues!

FC • 36 pages • $4.99

Starcadia Quest #2

Magic: The Gathering + My Little Pony = Ponies: The Galloping for charity

Extra Life

Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast have joined forces for a special release from Magic: The Gathering to raise funds for Extra Life, benefitting Seattle Children’s Hospital with a magical limited edition collectible card set and play mats called Ponies: The Galloping, available to US and Canadian fans on hasbropulse.com from Oct 22- Nov 5. Magic: The Gathering Arena players can also get into the action with digital Ponies: The Galloping sleeves, available for $3.99 Oct 28 – Nov 2 in the in-game store.

The Hasbro Pulse exclusives are:

Ponies: The Galloping Trading Card Set – $50

 A donation of thirty dollars ($30.00) per card set will be made to Extra Life benefitting Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Friendship is Magic: The Gathering in these silver-bordered My Little Pony cards! Three of your favorite ponies neigh into the fray, one of them with a double-sided surprise!  In partnership with Extra Life—and in the spirit of love, friendship, and beyond—each purchase of Ponies: The Galloping raises funds for Seattle Children’s Hospital. Ponies: The Galloping Galloping is available from October 22, 2019–November 5, 2019, celebrating the October 12 series finale of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and Magic: The Gathering’s Extra Life event on November 2.

Contents:

  • Silver-bordered, double-sided Princess Luna/Nightmare Moon Magic card
  • Silver-bordered Princess Twilight Sparkle Magic card
  • Silver-boarded Rarity Magic card

Ships to USA and Canada addresses only.
Limited Quantity. Availability while supplies last. Available exclusively at www.hasbropulse.com.
No refunds or returns.

Ponies: The Galloping Galloping

Ponies: The Galloping Playmats by Ultra PRO – $100

A donation of Eighty Dollars ($80.00) per bundle will be made to Extra Life benefiting Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Now, friendship really is Magic with our limited edition My Little Pony Magic: The Gathering playmat bundle. Enchant your friends, rivals, and opponents with this playmat set featuring Princess Luna, Rarity, and Twilight Sparkle! Ready to bring on the night? Flip the Princess Luna double-sided playmat to reveal the Mare in the Moon herself, Nightmare Moon!

  • Bundle includes 3 playmats (2 single-sided playmats and 1 double-sided playmat)
  • Protects gaming cards during game play
  • Also great for use with laptop & computer workstations – works with most types of mouse devices
  • Approximately 24″ tall x 13.5″ wide
  • Non-slip rubber backing prevents movement during use

What is Extra Life? Learn more.

Limited Quantity. Availability while supplies last.  Available exclusively at www.hasbropulse.com.
No refunds. No returns.


But wait – there are more ways to donate money to Extra Life, benefitting Seattle Children’s Hospital:

Uncut Sheet Auctions

Through www.ebay.com/wotccharity (going live on Oct. 1), WOTC will be auctioning off more than 20 uncut sheets between October 23 and November 2. Among the sheets they’ll have a foil New Phyrexia rare/mythic rare sheet and a foil Throne of Eldraine alternate art and Showcase card sheet.

Streaming Events

We’ll have two in-house streams on twitch.tv/magic to raise money for Extra Life:

October 28–November 1, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. PT

  • Employees take over the Wizards stream to play MTG ArenaMTGO, and generally goof around in the pursuit of charity.

Nov. 2, 4 p.m.–12 a.m. PT

  • Our Game Day stream will feature multiple influencers playing Magic: The Gathering Arena and competing in “special” challenges. You’ll just have to tune in…

Streamer Campaign

Finally, we’re holding something of a competition among streamers to raise the most for Extra Life. Interested streamers can create Extra Life pages and join the Magic super team—competing either alone or in teams of up to six. The Top 8 teams will get access to codes for their audience, featuring an early access premium card style for Inspiring Veteran. 

Everything Else

  • Donations of at least $20 during the Wizards of the Coast Extra Life streaming event on Nov. 2 from 3 p.m.–midnight PT will receive a Magic Online code, distributed by Extra Life, that redeems for one of each of the following:
    • 1 random alternate art shock land (chosen from among Blood Crypt, Temple Garden, Godless Shrine, Watery Grave, Hallowed Fountain, Sacred Foundry, Overgrown Tomb, Steam Vents, Stomping Ground, and Breeding Pool)
    • 1 nontradeable Ajani, Extra Life Mascot avatar
    • 1 nontradeable Twilight Sparkle, Princess of Magic and Friendship avatar
  • Extra Life playmats, shirts, pins, and stickers sold through the MTG Pro Shop.

Dungeons & Dragons: A Darkened Wish #3 Preview

Dungeons & Dragons: A Darkened Wish #3

B. Dave Walters (w) • Tess Fowler (a & c)

When war threatens the Moonshae Isles, legendary heroes return to defeat the forces of an unthinkable foe.

The Great Wyrm, Hoondarrh, has won the day. Impossibly, within the ashes of defeat, something even more sinister is set upon the winds. In the face of tragedy, loss, and betrayal, how can our heroes possibly prevail?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Wild West Exodus Gets Outpost Attica Terrain and More!

The latest Wild West Exodus pre-orders have been announced and there are two new Warcradle Scenics ranges to explore. Keep reading to find out more.

Wild West Exodus

Introducing new eccentric misfits and a GIANT serpent.

The long-awaited Soul Hunters and Opie: Creation VIII are now available to pre-order! The Soul Hunters are not only the first Detachment for Lost World Exodus but they can also be taken as an Enlightened Posse for Wild West Exodus, and Opie: Creation VIII is a new ferocious creature for the Hex. 

Find out more on the Warcradle Studios blog.

Warcradle Scenics

Build your own Moon Base with Outpost Attica.

It’s another exciting and packed month of Warcradle Scenics pre-orders, there’s not one but two brand new ranges in Outpost Attica and Battlecry, as well as an addition to the incredibly popular Tech City range – now you can fill the battlefield with scatter terrain in the form of futuristic vehicles. 

The set is due for release at the end of October 2019.

Find out more on the Warcradle Studios blog.

NYCC 2019: Konami Brings a Yu-Gi-Oh! Exclusive Mat, Tournaments, and More

Konami presents attendees of this year’s New York Comic Con with a thrilling spread of experiences! Drop by to sample different aspects of the cultural phenomenon that is the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand, from convention-exclusive merchandise and video game demos, to friendly competition and cool prizes! Whether you’re a seasoned Dueling veteran, a fan of the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga and animated series or just a curious newcomer, booth #1321 is the place to be all weekend long from October 3 to October 6.

The Konami booth is always a popular place for NYCC attendees with plenty to do for fans of the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand, and this year is no exception! Attendees will find a wealth of fun activities and attractions, including…

  • Green Screen Photo Booth: Make your own personalized Yu-Gi-Oh! Token Card where you can choose from different card backgrounds and Dueling legends or the 2019 NYCC logo – suitable for use during Duels!
  • Con Exclusive Game Mat: Take a trip to the retail counter to pick up the 2019 New York Comic Con Exclusive Game Mat! Available for $30 USD (including sales tax), this year’s Game Mat features signature monsters wielded by the biggest rivals from Yu-Gi-Oh!’s first three series: Kaiba’s Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Chazz’s Armed Dragon LV10, and Jack Atlas’ Red Dragon Archfiend!
Exclusive Game Mat for 2019 New York Comic Con

Exclusive Game Mat for 2019 New York Comic Con

  • Retail: Duel fans looking to pick up some of the year’s biggest releases will find plenty of them at the KONAMI booth, with some of the latest and greatest Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products available all weekend long. Recent hits like Structure Deck: Rokket RevoltFists of the GadgetsRising Rampage Special EditionLegendary Duelists: Immortal Destiny, the 2019 Gold Sarcophagus Tin plus many more will be available for purchase, all while supplies last!
  • Game Demos for New Players: Curious about Dueling? Attendees are invited to pull up a chair and learn how to play in a Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG or Yu-Gi-Oh! Speed Duel demonstration! Learn from one of our dedicated experts and you’ll get to score a show exclusive coupon good for a free gift with purchase, just for completing your demo!
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links: With over 90 million downloads, the blockbuster Yu-Gi-Oh! gaming app has become a worldwide phenomenon on iOS, Android and PC Steam. Show attendees will get to try out new gameplay from Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions, a brand-new game world! And every participant gets a special Token to redeem for a chance at one of dozens of different Yu-Gi-Oh!-themed prizes!
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution: Visitors to the booth can experience the smash hit Yu-Gi-Oh! game for the Nintendo Switch™, featuring more than 9000 cards and countless moments from the animated series. All participants receive a special Token to redeem for one of many Yu-Gi-Oh!-themed prizes!

Attendees looking for some friendly competition can find public event tournaments right in the KONAMI booth! Drop by Thursday to Sunday for 2020 Regional Qualifiers, ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!! tournaments (Friday & Saturday only), Speed Duel Starter and Constructed Deck tournaments, Duel Links tournaments, Win-A-Mat and Structure Deck tournaments, and even a chance to Duel the Master, where you can take on one of our Master Duelists for a chance to win exclusive tournament packs!  Dragon Duel Tournaments for children born 2006 or later will take place on Saturday and Sunday. The best part? Entry is free for all NYCC attendees, so make sure to bring your best constructed Deck! Check out the FAQs for more information.

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